Appalshop and Coalition Partners Awarded Mini-Grant for Whitesburg Walkability

Grant from the Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) to support walkability, pedestrian access and wayfinding  improvements for walking/biking trail in Whitesburg, Kentucky

Appalshop has been awarded a mini-grant from the Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK).  This award will be shared amongst 7 coalition partners, and will fund walkability and pedestrian access improvements in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  The grantor, CEDIK, supports coalitions of community stakeholders across Eastern Kentucky, in order to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity in 12 downtowns across the region.

The mini-grant has been awarded to the Friends of Whitesburg Coalition, and will fund a community-engaged design process and installation of wayfinding signage for the walking trail winding through Whitesburg. The coalition includes:  The Letcher County Farmer’s Market; HOMES inc.; Headwaters; Center for Rural Strategies; The City of Whitesburg; The Letcher County Tourism Commission; and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation.

If you or your organization would like to be involved, please contact Marley Green at Appalshop, 606-633-0108.

This project is part of Appalshop’s growing efforts to support community development, increase economic opportunity, and improve the quality of life in the Central Appalachian region. Through creative placemaking, multi-stakeholder coalition building, and collaborative planning, Appalshop is engaging in the difficult work of fusing the arts and economic development to create a brighter future in the coalfields of Appalachia.  

Through this award, Appalshop and the other coalition members will initiate a planning process to choose the locations and design of wayfinding signs to improve walkability in Whitesburg. This process will include public input sessions and presence at local events to solicit as much feedback from residents and users of the trail as possible. In addition, the project will start a longer community-engaged planning process focused on downtown revitalization and planning for new economic development. Sandi Curd, Promise Zone Coordinator for Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and member of the grant review panel said, “Our downtowns are the heart of our communities and culture.  I am so proud of the creative work and citizen engagement these communities have put forth for celebrating what makes their city unique, vibrant and wonderful.”